I live in a pretty small town..plenty of seedy bars, not so many good shopping spots...unless you like antiques. We have a pretty high antique store to resident ratio. It is right up there with the seedy bar to resident ratio!
So, being just an hour from the Minneapolis area (read: Mall of America!) here are a few of my favorite places to drop a dollar or two:
Also, the catalog always has some good recipes to try. Plus, the stores smell so good. I have never ordered anything from them online, because I live within an hour of a store. I only get there a few times year, but since I love making my family try unique foods, Penzeys is a great place to get spices/seasonings I can't find in my small town.
Also, I really like:
Oh, Trader Joe's...so many good things here. I love their sauces, snacks, wines (Two Buck Chuck!), soups, samples, etc. Hmmmm, if I could have come up with a word for wines that started with an "s" I would have had some great alliteration! Hey, how 'bout "spirits?" (Juscht don't try to schay all that witsch a schevere lischp becausche that would schuck: schausches, schnacksch, schpiritsch, schoupsch, and schamplesch...) I can be so juvenile.
The last one for now is:
My husband was out of town at a class that day which was good or he would have tried to talk me out of the trip. I drove 6 1/2 hours to go to Ikea, shopped for four hours, filled the van with a variety of wondrous stuff, and drove home again. Since we didn't decide to go until 10:00 in the morning, we got home at 5:00 am the next day. It was so much fun! (Yes, my girls are fantastic road trip partners. They rarely ever sleep in the car, but they are good at entertaining themselves.)
Another time I will tell you a few other places that I love to shop at!
Have you been to these stores?